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Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

#2 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the owners started rehabilitating injured birds in a wooded shed behind their house. Today Tenikwa has grown to be one of the largest active Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres in the Western Cape, attending to a diverse variety of animals accepting both terrestrial and marine mammals and birds. Rehabilitating injured and abandoned Wildlife with the goal to release them back to the wild. Our centre rescue, rehabilitate and release between 250 - 450 wild animals annually. We work closely with nature/conservation authorities in our area, CapeNature, SANParks, BirdLife, and SANCCOB. Our Awareness Centre ensures that our Rehabilitation facilities are sustainable, funding the rehabilitation work and to raise awareness of the conservation issues in South Africa, Tenikwa offers various, programs throughout the day, catering for all ages and fitness levels with a focus on providing a conservation-based, informative tour. Guests learn about the indigenous wild cats of South Africa and why they are disappearing from our landscape.Species include African Wild Cats, Serval, Caracal, Cheetah, Leopard and Lions. The Tenikwa encounter is a great follow-on to a game reserve / safari experience; from viewing the cats at a distance to the opportunity to study these beautiful animals at close quarters. Tenikwa also has a Meerkat Meander where visitors can see Meerkats and Tortoises and there is also a variety of indigenous waterfowl, Blue Cranes and Marabou Storks to delight bird watchers. Tenikwa supports the upliftment of local communities through Eco tourism and is environmentally responsible. Entrance fees fund Tenikwa's NPO Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release Programme. Open 365 days a year. Amenities include a Tea Garden for light meals, Parking, Wheel-chair Friendly, Mothers Corner
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Forest Hall Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 44 534 8170
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Reviewed February 9, 2017

Just brilliant. Had the tour and then walked with cheetahs. Informative friendly staff and the animals clearly adore them. Didn't think I would be kneeling next to a completely free cheetah and stroking it, whilst it purred its head off. Go, you wont be disappointed.

Thank salandmick
Reviewed February 7, 2017 via mobile

Excellent two Hour outing with guide Mthobisi, getting really close up shots of the cats, including cheetahs and leopards and the white lions.

Thank Jonathan S
Reviewed February 6, 2017

My husband and I did the Crazee Cat day, and we stayed there overnight. This was our favorite day of our 3 week trip. All the staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. The day includes all food and beverages. I'm a...More

Thank Haylee R
Reviewed February 5, 2017

This was my second visit to Tenikwa, taking my daughter to the Wildcat and cheetah walk. Second time around even more wonderful as the cheetah were let off their leads so everyone could be with them. It was a wonderful experience, with great knowledge imparted...More

Thank janechater
Reviewed February 5, 2017

We did a photographic tour during august 2016. We had a private guide for the two of us, providing us with a lot of information about the different "cats" they have at the center and differences between them. We got more than enough time and...More

Thank Alice010203
Reviewed February 5, 2017

We loved our visit to Tekinwa. I did not realise that you had to pre book and we just turned up, however we did manage to get on the photographic tour with a personal guide. It was amazing getting up close and personal with the...More

Thank judy062
Reviewed February 5, 2017

We had a fabulous afternoon with the Wildcat and Cheetah walk experience. The staff are so knowledgeable and passionate. Mfundo and Mth bisi took us on our walk. This was unbelievable. We were a little unsure about the ethics if such a place, but the...More

Thank Kay W
Reviewed February 4, 2017

We had been to Tenikwa about 7 years ago when we joined the evening cheetah walk. That was one of the best experiences of our lives and one we will always cherish. Sadly we could not repeat that this time because we were staying too...More

Thank William S
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Reviewed February 2, 2017 via mobile

We visited Tenikwa last week and were very impressed. The enclosures for the animals are the biggest I have seen in captivity before, and they look really well looked after. I love that the funds raised goes for a good cause, and not into someone's...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed February 2, 2017

The staff were extremely friendly, but we were disappointed to see lots of non native species and fairly small enclosures.More

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MandyFreeman_Tenikwa, Manager at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2017

Hi Rebecca Thank you for taking the time to write this. Rebecca We only home native ( Indigenous ) African Cats and other "native" Species the goal of our centre is to create Awareness about the Indigenous Cats and animals of South Africa.. We do...More

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Sophie A
January 5, 2017|
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Response from ShaunaEMR | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sophie There is plenty of parking, and, in terms of your package requirements, perhaps call Tenikwa as I found them to be very accommodating. The cheetah walks are either at 7.30 am or 3.30 pm ( around feeding time) so... More
August 11, 2015|
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Response from MandyFreeman_Tenikwa | Property representative |
Hi Steve & Christine, Thanks for your email. We are looking forward to hosting you. Unfortunately, your son is too young for the cheetah walk. He needs to be 16 years for this. We can keep him busy though whilst you go on... More